Provost’s Graduate Academic Engagement Fellowship at the Netter Center (PGAEF@NC)

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Fellowship information:

The Provost's Graduate Academic Engagement Fellowship at the Netter Center for Community Partnerships (PGAEF@NC) is an opportunity for PhD students across all schools and fields at the University of Pennsylvania. Fellows are outstanding students whose scholarship significantly involves Academically Based Community Service (ABCS) and related activities, including locally based community problem-solving, community-engaged scholarship, service learning, participatory action research, and learning by teaching in public schools.

The terms of the fellowship are as follows: 

  • All PGAEF@NC Fellows participate in an interdisciplinary faculty-student seminar on community-engaged research and teaching, which meets monthly during the academic year. 
  • Fellows serve as instructors and/or teaching assistants for academically based community service seminars OR work on ongoing research projects that are largely focused on West Philadelphia/Philadelphia and involve undergraduates.
  • Fellows meet with each other and Netter Center staff monthly.

The funding of the fellowship includes: 

  • A research fund of $5,000 to use over the course of your fellowship and additional funds as needed to attend and present at conferences. 
  • The second year of the fellowship includes full fellowship funding for the academic year, inclusive of stipend, tuition, general fee, clinical fee and health insurance, the amounts of which are determined in accordance with the policy of the University and of your school. 
  • Funding for one summer stipend, the amount of which is determined in accordance with your school's policy. 

Provost's Graduate Academic Engagement Fellows will also be encouraged to publish scholarly articles and will have an opportunity to present their research to schools and community organizations in West Philadelphia that partner with the Netter Center. Working through the Netter Center, particularly its university-assisted community schools program, they will actively engage with West Philadelphia on behalf of the University, and their work as Fellows will inform their future scholarship.

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PhD Students will be eligible to apply in the spring semester of their first year of study or any year thereafter provided they have at least two years left in their program at the start of the next term.

Each applicant must have a Penn faculty sponsor to help oversee the student’s project. The sponsor may be the student’s advisor or another relevant faculty member.

Application Process and Timeline:

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  • Apply here.
  • Applications are due January 31st, 2023. Applications include:
    • A personal statement addressing past experience with Academically Based Community Service (ABCS) and related activities, plans for the two-year period of the fellowship, and how the fellowship will support future research and career interests
    • Unofficial graduate transcript(s)
    • Two letters of recommendation including one from the faculty sponsor
      • Faculty sponsor FAQ is here.
  • We would be pleased to provide recommendations and feedback at any point in the process. Moreover, students are encouraged to send drafts of their proposal to

For more information:

Read more about previous fellows:

2019-2021 Fellows

2020-2022 Fellows 

2021-2023 Fellows 

2022-2024 Fellows